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Dear New Missionary

by Amy Medina on August 1, 2017

Dear New Missionary, I spent last week with about 40 of you, helping with your training. I saw the fire in your eyes and the urgency in your prayers but heard the waver in your voice.  I saw myself in you, 16 years ago, when it was I who sat in your chair with the […]

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The Myth of the Ever-Happy Missionary

by Kathleen Shumate on May 26, 2017

I don’t know if anyone has actually said it, but sometimes I feel it in the air: missionaries are supposed to be Very Happy. We are supposed to land in our host country and immediately love everything and everyone around us, floating on clouds of ministry bliss. But sometimes we aren’t happy. Sometimes as much […]

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Dear Supporter, I wrote you a newsletter today.  I told you about the success in our ministry, about the lives being touched and the happy stories.  Everyone was smiling in all the pictures.  But there is so much more I wish I could tell you. I wish I could tell you that lots of times […]

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When It All Blows Up In Your Face

by Amy Medina on August 31, 2016

Sixteen years ago, my husband and I were all of 24 years old when we arrived in Tanzania for our first term.  We had only been married nine months, and we were passionate and dedicated, but incredibly naïve.  We had absolutely no idea what we were in for. We were working in youth ministry in […]

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I Believe, Help My Unbelief

by Chris Lautsbaugh on December 30, 2015

In work, ministry, and life we all experience frequent seasons when things don’t work out quite the way we had hoped. In missions, our internal dialogues consist of “Am I making a difference?” or “Will these things ever change?” When we are trusting for provision, for a breakthrough in our health, or seeing a life […]

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On Avoiding The Resentment

by Tara Livesay on October 30, 2015

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News Flash:  There aren’t any news flashes in this post, but there are some things we all tend to do over and over again that get us in trouble.  I decided maybe that means we (I) need to keep talking about it. * * * There is just something about the life overseas that creates […]

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5 Thoughts for the Local Church

by Chris Lautsbaugh on June 17, 2015

The local church and missionaries on the field should be on the same team, but often a wedge of misunderstanding is driven between the two. There is a danger when missionaries feel entitled to the support of a local body. Many dig their own grave in destroying relationships with their sending churches. Equally, misunderstanding can come […]

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Dangerous Stories

by Chris Lautsbaugh on January 22, 2015

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Sometimes the stories we tell of those we minister to can become dangerous. I’ve been at this missions thing for 23 years now. I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I often reflect on things I did in the past and cringe. Hindsight is always 20/20, but perhaps others can learn from my mistakes. One mistake […]

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Missions Field or Land of Opportunity?

by Chris Lautsbaugh on December 29, 2014

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One man’s mission field is another’s land of opportunity. I realized this in a fresh way as I was interacting with some immigrants to South Africa from Malawi. They were telling me about their home nation, Malawi. The common descriptions were of a lush, green, and beautiful nation which was peaceful. They left their homeland […]

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Do We Practice What We Preach?

by Chris Lautsbaugh on November 26, 2014

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The other week, I made a trip to the local police station to get an affidavit. In South Africa, this is the venue you head to make a document “official”. The officer who helped me chatted with me a bit. He inquired how long I’d been in the nation and where I stayed. Finally he asked […]

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Avoiding Mission Drift

by Chris Lautsbaugh on October 29, 2014

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We’ve seen Christian organizations publicly wrestle with change in recent times. InterVarsity is facing this pressure to allow non-Christians to be a part of their leadership. This is resulting in them being banned from certain campuses. Will they change some of their core values? World Vision battled with adopting new policies, leading to a back […]

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Four Things You Could Do

by Tara Livesay on September 1, 2014

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There is no shortage of  instructions on the interweb. In any given month it is quite likely you will be instructed on multiple topics.  The list could include:  Ten things not to say to your single friends Five things Christians should stop saying Ten things for a healthy marriage. Five reasons your teen is rebelling. […]

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